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Pocketguide to Gangs Across America and Their Symbols.

Pocketguide to Gangs Across America and Their Symbols, CTS Associates Incorporated, Patchogue, New York, 2001.

With gangs spreading across America at a rapid rate and their propensity for violence increasing, a vital need exists for the law enforcement community to identify these gangs quickly and efficiently before they establish strongholds. These gangs no longer merely constitute an urban problem. In fact, suburban and rural communities are experiencing a faster growth of gangs than urban areas. Never has a greater need existed for a nationally useful book to assist in identifying gangs in all regions of America.

The Pocketguide to Gangs Across America and Their Symbols is an extremely useful book for anyone interested in obtaining information relating to gangs. It is easy to read, easy to use, and has almost any symbol a law enforcement officer may come in contact with when dealing with gangs, hate groups, outlaw motorcycle gangs, and occult organizations. Besides hundreds of up-to-date symbols, the Pocketguide to Gangs Across America has a glossary containing symbols, words, and phrases used by a multitude of gangs and criminals.

The versatility of this book is not only its small size (5 1/2" X 4") but also its sections on analyzing gang graffiti, identifying gang members, and understanding gang/group differences, as well as the many sections on the types of gangs spreading across America, such as Bloods, Crips, Folk Nation, People Nation, Latino gangs, prison gangs, Asian gangs, outlaw motorcycle gangs, hate groups, occult organizations, and miscellaneous gangs. This book represents a significant step forward for gang investigations as it deals with all regions of gangs, something the law enforcement profession has needed for a long time. The book describes the East Coast, West Coast, and Midwest regions equally in great detail.

One compelling section of the Pocketguide to Gangs Across America and Their Symbols, the "Symbol Lookup Reference Glossary," lists hundreds of symbols, words, numbers, phrases, and slang used by gangs, hate groups, and occult practitioners. Officers will find themselves referring to it on many occasions. It can help not only gang officers but parents and school officials as well.

Interested individuals can purchase the Pocketguide to Gangs Across America and Their Symbols for $10 (free shipping) directly through the creators, a law enforcement consulting company, made up of a diverse cadre of law enforcement officers from across the United States, called CTS Associates Incorporated, located at Post Office Box 1001, Patchogue, New York 11772-0800. CTS Associates Incorporated can be reached via telephone at 877-444-1287 (toll free) or via e-mail at CTSAssociatesinc@aol.com. The Calibrepress Survival Catalog and the Varro Press Catalog also carry the book for $10 plus shipping and handling.

Reviewed by Detective Wes Daily Suffolk County, New York, Police Department President, National Alliance of Gang Investigators Associations
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Title Annotation:Book Review
Author:Daily, Detective Wes
Publication:The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
Date:Dec 1, 2003
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